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In-State Showdown Looms For Drake As Bulldogs Look To Extend Winning Streak

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Release: September 25, 2012
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WHAT'S AHEAD
Hitting the road for the first time in nearly a month, the Drake women's soccer team will visit in-state rival Northern Iowa for an early-season Missouri Valley Conference showdown on Thursday (Sept. 27).  The Bulldogs will be gunning to extend their school-record eight-game winning streak when the two teams collide in a 7:00 p.m. affair.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Northern Iowa (6-7, 1-0 MVC)
comes into action this week after opening its Missouri Valley Conference slate with a 1-0 road victory over Indiana State last Friday (Sept. 21).  Sophomore Charlotte Jones leads the Panthers with a team-high four goals, while sophomore Caitlyn Fuller and senior Ashley Capone have added two tallies apiece.  Junior goalkeeper Erin Zaideman has recorded 34 saves, while owning a 1.43 goals against average.

SERIES HISTORY
Drake is meeting Northern Iowa for the 11th time with the Bulldogs maintaining an 8-2 series record.  In the last encounter in 2011, Drake registered a 1-0 home win on Oct. 27, 2011.

THE COACHES
Northern Iowa: James Price
is in his fourth year leading the Panthers, posting a 20-40-8 record (.353), while 108-157-24 (.415) overall in 15 seasons as a head coach.
Drake: In her fifth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 41-38-11 record (.517).

DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her fifth season leading the Drake women's soccer program, owning a 41-38-11 record as head coach after serving five seasons (2003-08) as assistant coach for the Bulldogs.

Horner was named to her position on April 10, 2008, becoming only the second head coach for women's soccer, which began as a varsity sport in 2002.

Horner directed a youthful 2011 squad, that featured 10 underclassmen starters, to a 4-11-4 mark.  The record may not belie the talent on the team as the Bulldogs were involved in 14 games decided by a goal or less, posting three wins and four ties in those matches.

Four members of the team garnered All-Missouri Valley Conference honors, led by sophomore Megan Fisher, who was honored as a first-team All-MVC selection.  Junior Laura Moklestad and sophomore Kalena Litch collected second-team All-MVC recognition.  Pulling in All-Freshman team laurels was Tori Flynn.

Additionally, Moklestad became the first Bulldog to earn regional accolades more than once when she was tabbed a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Performance Subaru All-Great Lakes Regional third-team selection for the second-consecutive year.

Moklestad joined Andrea Schmitz and Sarah Foote, who were also named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Regional team in 2004 and 2006, respectively, as the only Bulldogs to earn regional honors.

Drake was one of 89 schools nationwide that were honored with a Team Ethics Award by the NSCAA.
The Bulldogs were one of 56 teams claiming the Silver Award, which is given to squads that accumulate no red cards and a maximum of five yellow cards.  Drake was the lone Missouri Valley Conference representative, men or women, among the 89 teams honored.

Off the field, the Bulldogs were honored for their academic success by the NSCAA as a College Team Academic Award Winner for 2011.  It marked the ninth consecutive campaign Drake was honored.  The Bulldogs maintained a team grade point average of 3.31 for the 2010-11 academic year.  Additionally, Moklestad was selected as a first-team All-MVC Scholar-Athlete recipient for the second-straight season.

Horner led the Bulldogs to a breakout campaign in 2010 as Drake posted a 10-6-3 overall mark.  The 10 wins marked the Bulldogs' first double-figure win campaign since going 12-6-2 during its NCAA Tournament season in 2006.

As a team, Drake matched a school record with nine shutouts, all by freshman goalkeeper Kalena Litch.
Six members of the team garnered All-MVC honors, led by Moklestad, who was honored as a first team All-MVC selection.

Paige Dusek, Fisher and Litch collected both second team All-MVC and All-Freshman team recognition.  Pulling in honorable mention laurels were senior Bailey Dorrington and redshirt junior Ali Walsh.

Additionally, Moklestad and senior Katie Anderson were selected to the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete first and honorable mention teams, respectively.

Horner led the Bulldogs to a 9-9-1 mark in 2009.  Earning first team All-MVC honors was senior Elizabeth Woerle, while fellow seniors Blair Nelson and Crystal Townley collected second team laurels. 

Receiving All-MVC honorable mention recognition were seniors Rachel Gielau and Melissa Lewis along with junior Bailey Dorrington. Moklestad was selected to the MVC All-Freshmen squad.  Lewis also earned first team All-MVC Scholar-Athlete honors for the second consecutive year.

In Horner's first season leading the Bulldogs, Drake posted an 8-10-1 mark in 2008, including a 4-2 record in the MVC. Senior Katie Sauer was tabbed a first team All-MVC selection, while then senior Jenny Schroeder, Woerle and Townley were chosen second team All-MVC.  Nelson and Lewis gained honorable mention all-league accolades, while freshmen Samantha Knosby and Danielle Figliola were named to the All-MVC Freshman team.

Off the field, Drake maintained a collective 3.25 grade point average with Schroeder and Lewis tabbed as first team All-MVC Scholar-Athlete selections.

Horner was the Bulldogs' top assistant from 2003-08. During her tenure, the Bulldogs compiled a 56-35-9 record winning four MVC Conference regular season championships, while competing in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. She assisted in all facets of the Bulldog soccer program and served as camp director of the Premier Soccer camps.

Horner, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, was a four-year letterwinner at Kansas, being named the Jayhawks' most valuable offensive player as a senior in 2000. She was an all-academic Big 12 Conference selection in the spring of 2001 and graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree from the school of education, majoring in exercise science with an emphasis in sports management.

She recently earned a master's degree in adult learning and organizational performance with an emphasis in leadership at Drake.

Horner holds a Premier Coaching Diploma from the NSCAA and a 'A' license from USSF.

DRAKE OPENS MVC PLAY WITH 3-0 SHUTOUT OVER MISSOURI STATE
Drake opened the Missouri Valley Conference portion of its schedule in style on Saturday (Sept. 22) extending its school-record winning streak to eight with a 3-0 victory past Missouri State at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

The triumph enabled Drake to establish a new standard for winning streaks surpassing the previous school record of seven, which occurred during both the 2003 and 2004 campaigns.

After a sluggish start to their showdown with the Bears, the Bulldogs awoke from their slumber capitalizing on momentum when freshman Rhian Pritchard (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) scored her first career goal at the 30:17 mark to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.  Junior Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) earned the assist on what proved to be the game-winning tally.

Drake maintained its 1-0 advantage until the 76th minute (75:19) when junior Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) netted her fifth goal of the season.  Schuling delivered a ball into the box on a corner kick that junior Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) knocked flush off the post before a diving Charles headed the ball into the net.

Senior Laura Moklestad (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt) capped the scoring with her third goal of the campaign at the 78:39 mark.  Registering the assist on the tally was senior Kelsey Pigg (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee).

The Bulldogs won the battle of shots in the affair, 19-17, and were directed by five shots from sophomore Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North), while Moklestad added four shots.

Junior Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) pulled in seven saves for Drake en route to notching her fifth shutout of the season.  

BULLDOGS HOLD OFF UMKC FOR 4-3 VICTORY
In a contest that ranged the gamut of emotions, Drake narrowly escaped with a 4-3 triumph over UMKC last Wednesday (Sept. 19) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

The Bulldogs saw the Kangaroos whittle away a 4-1 advantage and nearly square the contest at four if not for a stellar team save by freshman Kylie DeHaven (Olathe, Kan./Olathe East) at the 87:55 mark.

The story for Drake began just 23 seconds into the tilt when Ashlie Stokes netted her then team-leading fifth goal of the season off an assist from Laura Moklestad.

Less than two minutes later Allison Schau netted the equalizer for UMKC converting on a penalty kick in the third minute (2:03).

Generve Charles registered what proved to be the game-winning tally at the 17:48 with a strong spin move to beat Nina Tzianos.  Moklestad earned her second assist of the evening on the play.

The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead into the intermission on the strength of a 7-4 shot advantage in the initial stanza.

Less than three minutes into the second half, Stokes struck again, delivering a sliding shot that found the back of the net at the 47:20 mark.  Junior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) and sophomore Katie Helmlinger (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) garnered assists on the tally.

Moklestad concluded the scoring for Drake in the 72nd minute (71:13) redirecting a shot off of Tzianos into the back of the net for her second goal of the season.

The momentum soon swung into the Kangaroos' favor as they pushed numbers up on the Bulldogs and saw tangible results when Ellie Chadick cut UMKC's deficit to 4-2 with a tally at the 73:05 mark.

The Kangaroos edged even closer in the 80th minute (79:12) when Hunter Wagoner collected a goal off a Hannah Chadick assist to close the margin to 4-3.

UMKC continued to push up numbers and nearly netted the equalizer at the 87:55 mark off a shot from Alyssa Elver that got past junior goalkeeper Kalena Litch and nearly crossed the goal line if not for a clearance by DeHaven.

The Kangaroos outshot the Bulldogs in the affair, 19-16, led by a game-high five shots from Elver.  Registering three shots apiece for Drake were Stokes and Megan Fisher and Brittany Schuling.  Litch recorded five saves in the game.

DRAKE IN MVC ROAD OPENERS
Drake will open the road portion of its Missouri Valley Conference slate on Thursday (Sept. 27) facing Northern Iowa.  In its previous 10 conference road openers, Drake has posted a 6-4 mark.

MOKLESTAD EARNS NATIONAL HONOR
Laura Moklestad was named by TopDrawerSoccer.com to its 11-member women's soccer National Team of the Week, the website announced on Monday (Sept. 24).

Moklestad guided the Bulldogs to a pair of victories last week helping Drake extend its school record eight-game winning streak registering team highs in goals (2), assists (2), points (6), shots on goal (6) and game-winners (1).

In the Bulldogs' 4-3 home win past UMKC last Wednesday (Sept.19), Moklestad scored the game-winning tally in the 72nd minute (71:13), while also assisting on Drake's initial two goals in the contest.

She contributed four shots, all on goal, and recorded a 79th minute (78:39) tally In the Bulldogs' 3-0 win over Missouri State last Saturday (Sept. 22).

On the season, Moklestad has collected three goals, three assists, nine points, 22 shots, including 12 on goal, and two game-winners.  She is ranked fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in Drake history in career shots (129), goals (17), points (44) and assists (10).

BULLDOG BITES

  • Drake's win over Missouri State (Sept. 22) enabled the Bulldogs to establish a new school record for consecutive wins (8), surpassing the previous mark (7) set during both the 2003 and 2004 campaigns.
  • On the strength of her two wins in goal last week for the Bulldogs, Kalena Litch has moved into a tie atop the all-time wins list at Drake with Jenny Schroeder (2006-08) and Kate Stack (2002-04) with 24 career victories in goal.
  • Sophomore Ashlie Stokes and junior Brittany Schuling have moved into the single-season top-10 record books this year in goals (6) and assists (5), respectively.
  • Drake opened its MVC slate with a 3-0 victory past Missouri State last Saturday (Sept. 22), a win that moved the Bulldogs to 7-4 all-time in league openers.
  • Drake's showdown with UMKC (Sept. 19) represented the second annual "KICK Cancer Game". In an effort to create awareness about cancer research the Bulldogs donated navy blue jerseys for the contest that were auctioned off during the game, with proceeds benefiting the John Stoddard Cancer Center. The squad also sold memory cards that raised $660 for cancer research.
  • The Missouri Valley Conference announced that Drake juniors Megan Fisher and Kalena Litch were named the league's Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively, for the week of Sept. 10-16.
  • Ashlie Stokes' six goals this season through 12 games has enabled her to surpass senior Laura Moklestad's team-leading goal total (4) for all of the 2011 campaign.
  • Ashlie Stokes, Brittany Schuling, Generve Charles, Laura Moklestad, Rhian Pritchard and Paige Dusek have accounted for 137 of Drake's 171 shots this season as the sextet leads the squad with 40, 22, 22, 22, 16 and 15 shots, respectively.
  • Ashlie Stokes has registered a game-winning goal in three of the Bulldogs' 12 games this fall. Last season, no Drake player recorded more than one game-winning tally.
  • Senior Laura Moklestad is ranked fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in Drake history in career shots (129), goals (17), points (44) and assists (10).
  • Kalena Litch surpassed both Jenny Schroeder (2006-08) and Kate Stack (2002-04) to become Drake's all-time leader in minutes played against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 16) and now has played 4,788 career minutes for the Bulldogs. She is also in second place in career shutouts (16).
  • Junior goalkeeper Kalena Litch registered three-straight shutouts and held the opposition off the scoreboard for more than 336 minutes, dating back to a 2-1 win past South Dakota (Sept. 7).
  • On the strength of her three saves in the Bulldogs' 1-0 win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 14), Kalena Litch supplanted Jenny Schroeder (258 saves, 2006-08) and moved to the top of the all-time saves list at Drake (276).
  • Juniors Brittany Schuling and Kalena Litch were named the league's Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively, on Sept. 10.
  • Kalena Litch is leading the MVC in save percentage (.841), goals against average (0.83) and shutouts (0.42). As a team, Drake paces the conference in assists per game (1.67), goals against average (0.83), goals allowed (0.83), shots per contest (14.25) and shutouts per game (0.42).
  • Laura Moklestad made it back-to-back-to-back winners for the Bulldogs when she was recognized as the College Sports Madness MVC Women's Soccer Player of the Week picking up the accolade on Monday (Sept. 24). Previous winners include; Kalena Litch (Sept. 17) and Generve Charles (Sept. 10).
  • The Bulldogs' two-goal victory over Nebraska Omaha broke a string of 25-straight games since Drake's last triumph decided by more than one tally, a 3-1 win over Green Bay last season.
  • Drake's 2-1 victory past South Dakota (Sept. 7) enabled the Bulldogs to surpass their win total for all of the 2011 campaign.
  • Ashlie Stokes and Kalena Litch were honored as the MVC Offensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the week on Sept. 4.
  • Junior Megan Fisher, Laura Moklestad and Kalena Litch were named first-team selections on the College Sports Madness MVC Women's Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team. Tabbed as a second-team honoree was sophomore Tori Flynn (O'Fallon , Mo./St. Joseph Academy).
  • Drake's victory over Nebraska (Aug. 19) marked the first time the Bulldogs have begun a campaign at 2-0 since 2003, while also representing the first-ever triumph over the Huskers in five meetings between the schools.
  • Drake also garnered only the third win versus a team from the Big Ten Conference in program history when it bested Nebraska, and first since downing Iowa, 1-0, during the 2004 campaign.
  • The Bulldogs spread the scoring wealth last season as eight players scored a goal. It matches the total number of Bulldogs to score at least one goal from 2009 and 2011 and is the most since nine Drake players found the back of the net in 2008.
  • With her sixth save of the game against Northern Iowa (Oct. 27, 2011) at the 64:09 mark, Kalena Litch established a single-season saves record at Drake with her 125th stop of the season to surpass Kate Stack (2002). She finished the year with a league-best 132 saves last season.
  • The Bulldogs have continued their solid play at home under fifth-year head coach Lindsey Horner, having gone 28-13-3 in her five seasons.
  • Drake has continued its trend under Horner of playing close games as the Bulldogs have had 61 games in the past five seasons decided by one goal or less, including 10 of 12 this season.
  • In their 11 season lidlfiters, the Bulldogs have been challenged by Arizona (twice), Eastern Michigan, Florida, Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa, North Dakota State, Iowa State (twice) and Northern Illinois and own a 3-7-1 mark after Drake's 2-1 victory over Northern Illinois this season. The Bulldogs' three victories have come over Eastern Michigan in 2003 (2-0), North Dakota State in 2009 (2-1 in OT) and Northern Illinois in 2012.

IN OUR LAST MEETING
Drake 1, Northern Iowa 0 (Oct. 27, 2011)
DES MOINES, Iowa -
Laura Moklestad's goal in the 40th minute (39:44) proved to be the game-winning tally that sparked Drake to a 1-0 women's soccer victory over in-state rival Northern Iowa at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Moklestad netted her team-leading fourth goal of the year at the 39:44 mark redirecting the deflection off of Brittany Schuling's shot to beat Northern Iowa goalkeeper Erin Zaideman.

The Panthers made things interesting in the game's final five minutes as Kelsey Dolder's shot in the 86th minute (85:26) struck the crossbar before being cleared out.  Within a minute, Northern Iowa had appeared to tie the game only to have a game-tying goal wiped off by an offside call.

The Panthers garnered a 19-16 advantage in shots led by a game-high five from Kiki McClellan.  Drake was paced by three shots from Paige Dusek.

Kalena Litch registered eight saves for the Bulldogs en route to her second shutout of the season.

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Competing in its third contest in program history on Sept. 27, Drake goes in search of its first triumph after earning a tie versus Southeast Missouri State in 2002, while dropping a 2-1 decision to Evansville in 2009.

OVER OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 5-0 mark in their last five contests, with all five occurring at home.  Six Drake players have registered a goal, with Generve Charles, Ashlie Stokes and Laura Moklestad leading the way with three, two and two goals, respectively.  Charles and Moklestad lead the team in scoring in that span with six points apiece.  Ashlie Stokes paces Drake with 15 shots, while Moklestad and Brittany Schuling, have contributed 13 and 10 shots, respectively.  Kalena Litch has been peppered by 64 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 21 saves.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their 10 victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 14.7 shots, 3.8 corner kicks and 4.9 saves, while their opponents recorded 11.9 shots, 5.1 corner kicks and 4.8 saves.  In its two losses, Drake is recording 12.0 shots, 1.0 corner kicks and 4.0 saves, while surrendering 11.0 shots, 6.0 corner kicks and 4.5 saves.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season.  Drake is rated 12th, 36th and 62nd, respectively, in winning percentage (.833), save percentage (.841) and goals against average (.829).  Individually, Kalena Litch is 10th, 47th, 47th and 62nd nationally in minutes played (1085.34), save percentage (.841), total saves (53.0) and goals against average (.696).  Ashlie Stokes, Laura Moklestad and Generve Charles are rated 24th (3.0), 69th (2.0) and 69th (2.0), respectively, in game-winning goals.  Stokes is also ranked 66th in total goals (6.0), while Brittany Schuling is rated 33rd in assists (5.0).

FISHER AND LITCH EARN PRESEASON ALL-MVC ACCOLADES
Megan Fisher and Kalena Litch were among 11 players tabbed by a vote of the seven Missouri Valley Conference head women's soccer coaches as All-MVC Preseason first-team selections, the league announced on Aug. 15.

Fisher started all 19 games as a sophomore, helping anchor a Drake defensive unit that registered two shutouts.  She was tabbed to the All-MVC first team as a sophomore after garnering second team and All-Newcomer squad status as a freshman.  She ranked third on the team in goals (2), while adding 12 shots, including five on net from her defender's slot.

Litch was named to the first team after a sophomore campaign in which she registered a school record and conference-best 132 saves en route to second-team All-MVC honors.

PRESEASON MVC POLL TABS DRAKE FIFTH
Drake was picked to finish fifth in the MVC Coaches Preseason poll with 20 points.  Pegged ahead of the Bulldogs were Northern Iowa (25 points), Creighton (32 points), Missouri State (43 points) and league favorite Illinois State (47 points).  Rounding out the poll were Indiana State (16 points) and Evansville (14 points).

HOMES GAMES TO BE STREAMED LIVE
Drake women's soccer home games will now be streamed live on GoDrakeBulldogs.com over the True Blue TV platform.  The games are shot using a one-camera shoot and will be available on a subscription basis starting as low as $9.95 per month.  This subscription also includes access to other Drake streaming events such as volleyball, men's and women's basketball and football games.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs step out of conference for a game at Western Illinois (Oct. 3) before hosting Evansville (Oct. 7) on Senior Day.

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